One hallmark of the Society is its relaxed, friendly approach to photography. Newcomers are most welcome to call in any Monday evening and join a meeting or two without obligation or cost. We will be very pleased to see you and to try and help with any photographic problem you want to raise.

On this website you will find an introduction to the club and our committee, a programme of the season’s meetings and galleries of members photographs. There are details of where we meet every Monday in Ponteland, Northumberland, (click here for a map), contact information and a list of our helpful workshops.

Ponteland Photographic Society is a member of the Northern Counties Photographic Federation (NCPF) in the North Tyne Area. Through the NCPF we are affiliated to the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB). These umbrella groups help to organise activities and competitions between the clubs and internationally with the main aim being “The Advancement of Photography”.

Please take a look around our website to discover more about the society. If you require further information please contact one of the committee members shown on our About the Club page.

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Club competition judged by Keith Suddaby, FRPS (2006), MPAGB, EFIAP, ABPE

A Zip file of 48 images was sent to the well-known judge in the Photography world, Keith Suddaby.

Tonight's judge

Judge Keith Suddaby

Even with his long experience, it was clearly a challenge for him to choose the winners. However, he led us through the photographs and commented on issues which make or break a photograph’s selection. Judicious cropping, perhaps, or attention to areas of an image where the focus is not as sharp as it could be. There was such variety; take time to look at not only the winning images, but all those submitted. How good to see the inclusion of those by our new members.

Guest Speaker: Mavis Ord DPAGB of Durham Photographic Society with ‘Retrospective’.

As we helped Mavis carry her boxes of photographs into Merton Hall, we knew we were in for a special presentation, one which reflected her long independent career, as she developed her own style and her own criteria. Her images were of global origin; clearly she enjoyed seeking out those special moments in time in countries as diverse as New Zealand and Cuba. Her self-achieved expertise in the dark room resulted in some amazing work, often of urban landscape and individual characters, whom she met on her extensive travels. We paused for a Coffee Break, then waited with heightened anticipation for the second box of her images. Again the variety, the diverse subjects, ranging from architecture to stunning shots of Gannets kept us enthralled beyond our normal finishing time. We salute a talented lady who clearly enjoys her photography.

Mavis Ord, past President of Durham PS reflects on her diverse work.